Everyone does it. You can see why, between the statues etc on the bridge, the river views from it, and the vistas of the rest of the city.
I think everyone also knows it gets totally overcrowded! Go 1st thing in the morning!
Tourists flock to this bridge in their droves. It is a lovely bridge to stroll across although the amount of footfall it gets does mean you tend to get carried across in a wave of bodies. The allure of Charles Bridge is understandable though. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with many beautifully ornate statues. The view over the Vltava river is also very picturesque and worthy of a few photos. There is a statue of Charles IV on the Old Town side of the bridge.
Be aware of your belongings while walking across Charles Bridge. The sheer amount of people who traverse it makes it a prime spot for pickpocketing. There are lots of people playing music and selling paintings and other crafts on the bridge so enjoy your stroll but keep your wits about you.
When the sun's shining, Charles Bridge explodes into its most vibrant persona with its buskers, artists and craft sellers crowding into every available space on both sides of the pedestrian-only roadway.
The standard, and variety, of the performers, artists and artisans is exceptional. On any given day the musical offerings can range from operatic soloists to six-piece jazz ensembles. Artists include caricaturists, painters and photographers whilst artisans sell their craft jewellery, scented candles and unique souvenirs.
Set against the backdrop of one of Europe's best-preserved Medieval bridges, decorated with its statuary and with superb views up and down the river, the bridge's artistic community provide a unique tourist attraction, and one which is deservedly popular. There's no entry fee and visitors can browse the wares at will, enjoying the background music and the almost fairground atmosphere.
This is not however an amateur free-for-all for the buskers and artists. Everything is regulated by the non-profit Charles Bridge Artists Association who license the performers and exhibitors and charge a daily fee for use of the space taken. A licence costs 500 CZK for three months and the daily fees are 350 CZK per square meter for selling or exhibiting and 210 CZK per square metre for musical performers. Licences are only granted after approval by the association's committee and the group employs marshals to ensure that performers and exhibitors have the necessary permit.
These marshals also act as an informal "tourist police", keeping an eye out for undesirable behaviour, pickpockets & etc. whilst at the same time they provide general tourist information and advice. The Artists Association also contribute to the bridge's upkeep including working with the city art gallery maintaining the sculptures and providing suitable litter bins.
What is basically a "freebie" for tourists is in fact a business for the musicians and artists, a business that gives them their livelihood as well as contributing to the upkeep of the bridge itself.
So, even if you don't actually buy anything please do chuck a bit of spare change into your favourite musician's hat and support the local economy.
I believe this is one of the "must see" tourist attractions in Prague, the Charles Bridge. Not quite like a circus but it is busy, crowded and touristy. Lots of souvenirs for sale and street performers trying their best to sell CD's and make their tips. The bridge tower is impressive. The views from the bridge are great!
It crosses the Vltava River and was built 1158-1172. Damaged by a flood in 1342 and again partial damage in 1432 and 1496. The new bridge was then called Charles Bridge since 1870.
Don't worry about location, accesses or anything else concerning this bridge.
"All the roads lead to Rome" except here: all the streets and people seem to converge to this wonderful bridge, where statues mix with living artists.
Built in the end of the 14th century, it was, until 1841 the only way to cross the Vltava river. Protected by towers at both ends, it is decorated with many statues.
Prague's 13th century Charles Bridge is undoubtedly a top priority on your list of sights to visit.
The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 m wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards.
It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side.
The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries (most of them baroque-style) erected around 1700 plus Statue of Bruncvik near the bridge:
- Statue of Christ the Saviour with St. Cosmas and St. Damian
- Statue of St. Wenceslas
- Statue of John of Nepomuk
- Statue of St. Vitus
- Statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino
- Statue of St. Judas Thaddeus
- Statue of St. Ludmila with little Wenceslas
- Statue of St. John the Baptist
- Statue of Pieta (Lamenting of Christ)
- Statue of St. Anne
- Statue of St. Barbara, St. Margaret and St. Elizabeth
- Statue of St. Cyril and St. Methodius
- Statue of St. Francis Borgia
- Statue of St. Francis Seraph
- Statue of St. Francis Xavier
- Statue of St. Ivo
- Statue of St. John of Matha, St. Felix of Valois and St. Ivan
- Statue of St. Luthgard
- Statue of St. Norbert, St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund
- Statue of St. Vincent of Ferrara and St. Procopius
- Statue of The Madonna and St. Bernard
- Statue of The Madonna, St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas
- Statue of The St. Cross with Calvary
- Statue of St. Adalbert
- Statue of St. Anthony of Padua with baby Jesus
- Statue of St. Augustine
- Statue of St. Cajetan
- Statue of St. Christopher
- Statue of St. Philip Benitius
- Statue of St. Joseph
Today most of the statues are copies as various floods and catastrophes over the centuries have damaged the originals.
King Charles IV's favourite architect and builder, Peter Parler, originally built the present day bridge. The initial idea was to build a functional construction for knight tournaments, and for many years the only decoration on the bridge was a simple crucifix. Later the Catholic desire for ornamentation resulted in 30 statues being built (1600-1800 AD).
There are towers at both ends of the bridge - the Old Town Bridge Tower on the Old Town side and the Lesser Town Bridge Towers on the Mala Strana side.
Karluv most (Charles Bridge) is probably the only location in Prague through which every visitor must pass. It is said that the bridges connecting the two banks, but also the people who live on these shores. Karluv most, however, is far more than that, this bridge is the heart and soul of the city of Prague. Suppose this bridge is subtracted from Prague, the city will sink into mediocrity and obscurity. Charles Bridge is the lifeblood and the symbol of Prague.
The construction of the bridge started in 1357, under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge was originally called Kamenny most (the Stone Bridge) and its actual name dates from 1870.
Charles Bridge is richly decorated with the sculptures and each one in its own way communicate with passerby. There are 30 statues mounted to the balustrade of the bridge forming two rows, one on each side.
The statue of St. John of Nepomuk is the oldest on the bridge. In 1393 the saint was thrown from the bridge into the river where he drowned. It is believed that touching his statue would bring good fortune and to ensure that the visitor will return to the city of Prague.
The Crucifix and Calvary sculpture is historically the most interesting. The original wooden crucifix was installed at the bridge in 1361 but than destroyed by the Hussites in 1419.
The vast majority of other sculptures on the bridge was set in the 18th and 19th century.
Find out more about the mediaeval construction of the Charles Bridge - a unique historical sight and one of the symbols of Prague.
You will also unravel the truth about the recent Charles Bridge repairs.
Entry fees: 150.00 Czk
You can buy the 4-in-1 ticket. Its price includes the cruise through Prague Venice, entrances to the Charles Bridge Museum, Museum of Alchemists and the Mysteriae Pragensis Museum.
Adults 380,00 Czk
children 250,00 Czk
Summer season - May to September
Monday to Sunday
between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Winter season - October to April
Monday to Sunday
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Charles Bridge - Everybody knows about it and I think everybody would walk over it on their visit to Prague, after all, it is the MOST VISITED ATTRACTION IN PRAGUE!
The Bridge is known for the many statues of saints that are on either side for the whole length of the Bridge. On a not so happy note, it is known for PICKPOCKETS and for being CROWDED and for souvenir sellers and Artists!
The Bridge dates back to 1347, back then it was called the Stone Bridge, or Prague Bridge, before being named Charles Bridge in 1870, after its founder King Charles IV.
What I enjoyed the most, were the 30 stone statues of saints and important people, added between 1683 and 1928. These are no longer the originals, they are housed in the Lapidarium museum in Holešovice.
Another legend says to find the spot where St. John was thrown from the bridge, it's marked by a small brass cross, and make a wish.
Originally, all the Charles Bridge had was a wooden cross that was placed at its center. In the 17th century the cross was replaced by a bronze crucifix, then first statue - St. John of Nepomuk was added in 1683.
The views from the bridge are great, and if you want to see more, then go on a boat cruise that takes you under Charles Bridge.
It is pedestrian only, so no need to worry about being run over!
April was a good time to visit, not a lot of people around then and good weather.
From what I could see in Prague in the way of caricature artists, Charles Bridge was the best place to find them. Here, there a so many with their work on show, that you can have a browse and decide who you would like to do yourself!
I guess they make a living, otherwise they wouldn't be there! I only saw one person having the Artist draw them!
I did see the prices, but now can't remember - sorry!